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Should You Look At Pet Franchise Ownership?

By FranchiseKing, Guest Blogger
Published: July 29, 2014 Updated: August 14, 2014

Some of the best advice I can give to you if you’re looking to someday own a franchise business is to look at industries that are growing. The pet industry is one of them, and I have the stats to prove it.  

The pet industry is huge....and it continues to grow, with or without a strong economy. Not many industries can claim to do that. But, is that reason enough for you to consider owning a business in the pet industry?

Pet Industry Statistics

Take a look at how much money U.S. pet owners spend on their pets, year in and year out. Notice 2009-2010. The big recession took place then, and pet owners still increased their spending, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) numbers below.

Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures:

Year                 Billion

2014                 $58.51 Estimated

2013                 $55.72 Actual

2012                 $53.33

2011                 $50.96

2010                 $48.35

2009                 $45.5

2008                 $43.2

The actual number of pet owning households is significantly higher than it was 20 years ago, according to the same 2013-2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey*. It shows that 68% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 82.5 million homes. In addition, approximately four out of ten pet-owning households in the U.S. are multiple pet owners.

Pet Franchise Types

If you’re thinking of getting into the pet industry, the franchise sector offers several choices – different franchised concepts that offer a wide variety of pet products and services. Some of these franchises can be started as home-based businesses with a modest investment. Some require a brick and mortar location. Here are some examples of pet franchise opportunities:

Petland ­­­– Franchisees offer pet supplies, products and services to pet lovers in a retail setting. The company has been servicing the needs to pet owners for 45 years from their 500+ franchise locations.

Pet Supplies Plus® – Another retailer of pet products, supplies and services, Pet Supplies Plus has a large array of items that are produced in the U.S. In addition, stores partner with local animal rescue organizations hosting pet adoption events.

Zoomin Groomin – Franchisees of the concept bring pet grooming services right to their customers’ doors. Pets can experience full grooming services in the comfort of their own home or inside the Zoomin Groomin mobile washing and grooming vehicle. 

Splash And Dash Groomerie And Boutique – This brick and mortar franchise offers a safe and comfortable environment for pet owners to bring their dogs and cats. They even offer unlimited monthly “bath and brush” packages for pets that seem to always get dirty.

Pet Butler ­– Speaking of “dirty,” there are certain duties that all pet owners have, and some of them are rather unpleasant. For pet owners that are willing to pay, Pet Butler provides pet waste cleanup and removal services, and has been doing so since 1988.

Zoom Room ­– Another brick and mortar franchise, Zoom Room offers dog training classes. In addition, Zoom Room franchisees offer agility training, educational seminars and Canine Good Citizen obedience training and testing.

Learning More

The pet franchise sector of franchising is unique in the fact that franchisees really need to have a love for pets. It would be difficult not to. In other words, if you don’t like dogs and/or cats, a pet franchise isn’t the one for you!

If you can see yourself in a business in which you’d be spending most of your time with animals ­– along with a few humans of course – consider looking into a pet franchise opportunity. Learn all you can about the industry, and talk to a lot of franchisees that are doing what you may want to be doing yourself.

Finally, make sure to talk with a franchise attorney before you enter into a franchise agreement. Working with pets can be rewarding, and even fun, but it’s still a business. You need to understand your responsibilities as a franchisee as well as the franchisor’s responsibilities.   

 

* Non-U.S. Government link

About the Author:

FranchiseKing
Joel Libava

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The Franchise King®, Joel Libava, is the author of Become a Franchise Owner! and is a franchise ownership advisor. He coaches people on how to carefully choose and properly research franchises.   

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Seminarios en línea en Español Acerca de la Ley de Atención a la Salud para Pequeñas Empresas con Empleados

By Meredith K. Olafson, SBA Official
Published: July 25, 2014 Updated: July 25, 2014

La Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Sociales (HHS por sus siglas en inglés), y la organización Small Business Majority ofrecerán una serie de seminarios en línea en español acerca de la Ley del Cuidado de la Salud para propietarios de pequeños negocios. Empleadores de habla hispana podrán “reunirse” con representantes de la SBA, HHS y Small Business Majority cada otro martes durante el verano y el otoño para beneficiarse de los seminarios en línea en español. Dichas sesiones les proporcionarán a los pequeños empresarios una visión general de la ley e información sobre cómo pueden inscribirse en el Mercado de seguros de salud para negocios pequeños. Otros tópicos que se discutirán incluyen reformas al mercado, créditos tributarios asociados con el cuidado de la salud para los negocios pequeños, y las estipulaciones que controlan la responsabilidad compartida de los empleadores.

Después de cada presentación habrá una sesión de  preguntas y respuestas.

Abajo aparecen los enlaces electrónicos para los próximos seminarios en línea en español.

Sobre la autora

Meredith K. Olafson es Asesora Principal en material de Política de la Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa, y supervisa los esfuerzos de la agencia en cuanto a divulgación y educación sobre atención a la salud y la Ley del Cuidado de la Salud.

 

About the Author:

Meredith K. Olafson

SBA Official

Meredith K. Olafson is Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration where she oversees the agency's education and outreach efforts around health care and the Affordable Care Act.

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A small business in Waterbury, Vt. was recently named the 2014 Vermont Exporter of the Year.

Super Thin Saws produces and exports thin circular sawblades. The thinner blades reduce waste when cutting raw materials over that of traditional thicker saw blades, which saves companies money and resources over time.

Her clients might not walk the red carpet donning her creations, but Kelly Collier, 25, founder and CEO of ActivAided Orthotics has a loyal following of more than 500 customers, including Harrison Ruopp, a defenseman with the Pittsburgh Penguin organization.

Collier’s efforts enabled her to collect honors as the U. S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Western Pennsylvania Young Entrepreneur of the Year for a design that revamped the traditional rigid back brace into a functional, flexible shirt.

The day after Dr. Jennafer Glaesemann closed on her loan to take ownership of Blue Valley Veterinary Clinic in Beatrice, she left her office to head out to a nearby farm.  A donkey was suffering a troublesome birth, and she needed to sedate the stricken animal before she could start treatment. As she tells it, the farmer’s inexperienced son tried to help her hold the donkey still so she could safely administer the sedative.

She likes to talk about the time she joined her daughter-in-law, Megan, on the popular Food Network show Cupcake Wars, but television appearances aren’t why Yvonne Loy started what she calls her “passion.”  What makes Le Cupcake more than a crowd-pleasing, fast-growing business in south Lincoln’s Bria

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